HYDERABAD: The attempt to transfer the deputy
superintendent of police (DSP), who is in charge of Sathya Sai
Baba’s security at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi, is
snowballing into a controversy.
Members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, which
supervises the other services rendered by Baba, are upset that
animal husbandry minister Nimmala Kistappa has used his clout to
get DSP N Venkata Reddy transferred.
The minister, it is said, persuaded home minister
T Devender Goud to move Venkat Reddy out of Puttaparthi to
settle a personal score with the officer.
However, Trust members consider this as an
interference in the security affairs of Puttaparthi and demanded
that Reddy be retained in his post.
The minister reportedly nursed a grouse against
Venkata Reddy as the latter does not make courtesy calls on
Kistappa whenever he visits Anantapur.
The minister’s efforts to get the officer
transferred failed when H J Dora was director-general of police.
But after Dora’s exit, Kistappa, with the collaboration of an
aide of the home minister, finally managed to get Venkata Reddy
Angered over the transfer, Trust members took the
matter to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The chief
minister, in turn instructed his officials to look into the
After the chief minister’s interference, Kistappa
agreed for retention of Venkata Reddy at Puttaparthi, but got
his wings clipped. The jurisdiction of the sub-divisional police
office at Puttaparthi encompasses six adjoining villages having
a superspeciality hospital and the quarters of Sai Baba devotees
working in the institutions run by the Sathya Sai Central Trust.
But the minister managed to get the
sub-divisional police office disbanded leaving the deputy
superintendent of police to just look after the security affairs
The Sathya Sai Central Trust members made a
representation to the chief minister requesting him to restore
the sub-divisional police office at Puttaparthi in view of the
law and order problems outside the Prashanti Nilayam.
They also complained to the chief minister that
Devender Goud’s aide who collaborated with Kistappa also nursed
a grouse against Venkata Reddy. The home minister’s aide
reportedly wanted admissions in schools run by the Sathya Sai
Central Trust, a favour the deputy superintendent of police
could not grant.
Kistappa reportedly used the services of this
aggrieved officer to clip the wings of Venkata Reddy. The Trust
members are disappointed that despite the chief minister’s
orders to restore to the DSP the powers of his office, Kistappa
has managed to have his way.